Classic documentary history of the exploitation of the resources of the Mississippi River Valley and the work being done to rehabilitate and reclaim the area. Director and writer: Pare Lorentz. Narrator: Thomas Chalmers. Photography: Willard Van Dyke, Stacey Woodard and Floyd Crosby. Editor: Leo Zochling. Music: Virgil Thomson.
Run time 14:28Producer U.S. Department of Agriculture, Resettlement AdministrationSponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, Resettlement AdministrationAudio/Visual Sd, B&W
January 16, 2005
Marvelous movie. Reflects the employment of skilled writers and artists by the New Deal during the 1930's. Wonderful photos, grand background music and blank verse naration. Presents environmental problems of the Mississippi valley in historical context. Only the then popular solution (in Part II) of multiple dams built by government under the Tennessee Valley Authority rings false today. The pictures of poor southern sharecroppers are especially moving and recall Walker Evans' photos in Phillip Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men". A noted book also from the 30's.
May 17, 2004
Rolling (too long) down the river
Very good doucmentary about the problem a river faces, and the problems a river gives to it's citizens. The film is chockful of amazing images, great narration and soaring music. My only problem with it is that it runs far too long. Pretty soon, your interest starts to wane when it starts talking about power and whatnot. But still, it's a pretty amazing download, and I will say it's reccomended.